Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
20 Aug 2011

How do I set my Plano lawn sprinkler system controller for water restrictions?

Of all of the Dallas area water restrictions, the Plano water restrictions win the prize for most creative. Your Plano lawn is allowed 8 hours in the morning on one day and 4 hours in the evening on another which makes setting your controller very confusing. As always, in 100 plus degree weather you want to water 60 minutes per zone for spray heads and 120 minutes for rotary heads (the ones that slowly turn).

For your Plano sprinkler systems you will need to set a program A and a program B. If your days to water are Monday morning and Thursday evening, you will want to set your sprinkler controller on program A to water Monday morning at 2am, 3am and 4am with run times of 10 minutes each (double that for rotors) and program B for Thursday evening at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. What if your sprinklers start at 2am and aren’t done by 3am? Most controllers will “stack” the start times and wait until the first round is done before starting the next one.

VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure to total up the minutes you have set and make sure you haven’t gone past what the Plano water restrictions allow for each day. The last time Plano had water restrictions they enforced them very strictly.

Sprinkler controllers for larger properties are very complicated to set and it’s not unusual for us to be required to set them for less than what the lawn really needs. Also, some of the older or less expensive controllers cannot be set following these recommendations. If so, it might be time to consider replacing your controller.

If you need help setting your controller, don’t hesitate to call us and don’t forget we’re offering $25 off of our first hour of sprinkler repair (cannot be used with other coupons).

18 Aug 2011

Dallas Landscaping tip: Using chicken wire as organic pest control

Chicken wire may not be your first guess as a solution to controlling mice, rats, cats and squirrels, but it actually provides effective defense against these garden intruders.

Those who are interested in constructing a beautiful and flawless Dallas landscape should buy chicken wire in bulk. Not only will erecting chicken wire around your plants protect them from being eaten by rabbits and other plant nibblers, but it will also deter some animals from even stepping foot in your garden beds.

The idea of having chicken wire around your Dallas landscaping beds probably doesn’t sound like an ingredient to a beautiful and flawless Dallas landscape, however, when cats are the problem you will want to install the chicken wire underneath the soil of your garden bed. According to some Dallas landscaping experts, cats have a serious aversion to walking on chicken wire, so no more will you have to worry about your garden bed being a makeshift litter box.

Burying chicken wire underneath the soil also deters squirrels from digging up bulbs and if you buy chicken wire with gaps as small as ½ inch, you can also keep out mice and other rodents.

If you aren’t sure as how to best install the chicken wire to effectively protect your Dallas landscaping beds, your local Dallas landscaping company will be more than happy to help you with your cause. Additionally, he or she will be able to lend advice on some other less-visible pest control tips to keep your garden bed in tact throughout the season.

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17 Aug 2011

Does my Dallas lawn have to look bad during water restrictions?

Most cities in the Dallas area are implementing water restrictions this month. While everyone assumes their lawns and landscapes will suffer, for most people that’s simply not true. The number of days you water per week has very little to do with the health of your lawn. The number of minutes you are watering is far more important.

Sprinkler repair specialists say during 100 degree days your soil loses roughly an inch of water per week in full sun and it takes roughly 60 minutes for spray heads to put out an inch of water (double that for rotors). It doesn’t matter very much whether you spread that out over several days or just one as long as you get to that magic 60 minutes.

A few years ago the city of Plano instituted a one day per week water restriction. I heard more people talking about how much damage their lawn and landscape suffered that year yet my customer’s lawns had very few problems. What was the secret? We set their controllers to water three times in the morning and three times in the evening for ten minutes for a total of 60 minutes (watering more than 10 minutes at a time causes runoff). The water restrictions were honored and the lawn and landscapes looked fine. Most cities this year have gone to a two day per week watering schedule which is even easier – three start times, 10 minutes each on the two days you’re allowed to water. With smart watering you don’t need to stress over water restrictions and neither does your landscape.

As always, if you need help figuring out how to set your controller or repairing your sprinkler system, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

04 Aug 2011

Lawn Care Tip: Protecting your Dallas lawn from dogs

With all the running, jumping and going to the bathroom, dogs can do quite a number on your Dallas lawn. There are some products you can purchase that promise to eliminate urine spots from your Dallas lawn, but this might be more trouble than it’s worth to have to try and seek out every spot and treat it thoroughly. There is also the issue with trampled or worn grass, and unless you’re ready to dig up your existing turf and plant sturdier grass, you will need another option for protecting your turf from your pet’s paws.

Lawn care specialists recommend planting clover in the areas where your dog likes to frequent for his bathroom needs. Dogs often retreat to a certain spot time after time, so planting clover in this area will allow him the comfort of thinking he’s getting grass, but his urine will not have the same effects on the clover as it does on grass. The nitrogen and salt in urine is what causes the grass to become discolored, but clover is resistant to these chemicals and will remain green. Clover is also beneficial because it doesn’t require the same amount of upkeep and watering as regular grass.

Another Dallas lawn care tip for the wearing of your turf is installing a pooch path. As stated before, dogs are creatures of habit and tend to pick out the area around your fence as their potty spots. Lawn care professionals advise against growing grass in this area and instead suggest installing a crushed gravel path or a stone walkway. This will also work for your dog’s other paths through the yard. Instead of having trampled grass, you will have a creative and luxurious-looking pathway that will add character to your Dallas lawn and Dallas landscape.

If you don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of keeping up with your dog’s potty spots, contact your local Dallas lawn care company and ask about their services to combat the effects your pet may have on your Dallas lawn.

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